From a tsundere scene straight out of a shoujo manga to a wizarding world come to life, these novelty pop culture-themed cafes will fulfil all your nerdy fantasies.

Tsundere Cafe

Tsundere Cafe Singapore

Don’t be fooled by the kawaii appearances of these meidos and butlers. At this one-day concept cafe, expect to be hurled insults while the wait staff fling menus and slam trays on your table. A full tsundere (a character development process in which a cold person warms up to you overtime) experience will set you back $19.90 if you reserve early and $25 for reservations after 31 January, but you also have the option of special services such as massaging and forehead flicks at an additional $5. Otaku approved!

Tsundere Cafe opens on 24 February 2018.

Address: 71 Woodlands Industrial Park E9, Wave 9 #09-04, Singapore 757048
Operating date: 24 February 2018
Opening hours:
11am – 6pm

Final Fantasy Cafe

Final Fantasy Cafe

Final Fantasy Cafe

Satisfy your inner gamer at the first ever DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT themed cafe outside of Japan, which will be held in collaboration with Watanabe Coffee to celebrate the launch of DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT on PlayStation 4. On the opening day, avid fans will not only get to play the game ahead of everyone else, they can also get their hands on exclusive merch and take photos with life-sized Final Fantasy characters. While you’re getting your geek on, don’t forget to grab a bite or two. Aside from the usual offerings, they also offer a set menu of Moogle Curry & White Stew along with a beverage at $28.90.

Final Fantasy Cafe opens from 24 January to 10 February 2018.

Address: Shaw House Isetan Scotts #01-00, Singapore 238868
Opening hours: 8am – 10pm (Sun to Thurs), 8am – 11pm (Fri and Sat)
Tel: 6235 0608

DC Super Heroes Cafe

DC Super Heroes Cafe

DC Super Heroes Cafe Batman's Dark Knight Wagyu Beef Burger

Located right smack in the heart of Orchard Road, DC Super Hero Cafe’s second outlet at Takashimaya is a haven for the comics-obsessed crowd. Upon entering through the massive 3.8m-tall Justice League doors, you’ll be greeted by larger-than-life logos and action figurines while you go ahead to get your superhero fix. Look forward to DC-themed dishes such as the Superman: A Smallville Original Free Range Chicken Burger ($25.90), Batman’s Dark Knight Wagyu Beef Burger ($28.90) and Harley Quinn’s So Delish! Iberico Pork Ribs ($30).

Address: Ngee Ann City #02-13, Singapore 238873
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon to Sun)
Tel: 6262 1918

Platform 1094

Platform 1094

Platform 1094 Goblet of Fire

Having popped up magically in the heartlands, Platform 1094 is no stranger to fellow Potterheads since opening its doors last January. A scaled-down version of the Three Broomsticks Inn, this little piece of Hogwarts comes complete with exposed brick walls, raw wood furnishings and a majestic ceiling candelabra to add on to the wizardry. Pull up one of the Patronus chairs and dig in to their smorgasbord of muggle-friendly offerings, including the Pesto Mayo Pork Ribs ($22) and Suhnitzel Sous-vide Duck Breast ($19).

Address: 1094 Serangoon Road, Singapore 328192
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm (Tues to Sun) | Closed on Mon
Tel: 6204 6003

Central Perk

Friends Central Perk Cafe

Fancy hanging out with the Friends gang on the big orange couch at Central Perk? The 100-seater outpost of the fictional coffee shop is all decked out in nostalgic Friends memorabilla, such as Rachel’s runaway wedding dress, a familiar stage area where you can channel your inner Phoebe, and a full-blown replica of Monica’s kitchen. Even the menu pays homage to our beloved characters: Janice’s Oh. My. God. Baby Back Ribs ($36), Joey’s Fisherman Stew ($38), Chandler’s Righteous Mac & Cheese ($14) and more. It feels like the ‘90s all over again!

Address: Central Mall #01-01, Singapore 059567
Opening hours: 11am – 11pm (Tues to Sun) | Closed on Mon
Tel: 9025 2524

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Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience a myriad of bedazzling installations at Light To Night Festival 2018. Happening from now till 28 January 2018, head down to the Civic District to immerse yourself in the spectacular light shows and interactive exhibitions on display. Check out some of our favourite stops on this fabulous art trail!

Art Skins on Monuments
By Bryan Tay and Safuan Johari

Art Skins on Monuments By Bryan Tay and Safuan Johari

Explore the sensation of colour and watch in awe as major cultural institutions such as National Gallery Singapore’s Former Supreme Court Building, Asian Civilisations Museum and The Arts House turn into spectacular works of art, showcasing a plethora of images created by 30 local and Singapore-based artists, illustrators and multimedia designers.

Date: 19 – 28 January 2018
Time: 8pm – 12am (19, 20, 26, 27 Jan), 8pm – 10pm (21 – 25 Jan & 28 Jan)
Venue: National Gallery Singapore’s Former Supreme Court Building, Asian Civilisations Museum, The Arts House, Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall

Chromascope
By Spinifex Group

Chromascope  By Spinifex Group

Groove to the beat and go wild on the stomping pads with this interactive installation that illuminates creative designs on National Gallery Singapore’s facade with every stomp.

Date: 19 – 28 January 2018
Time: 8pm – 12am (19, 20, 26, 27 Jan) & 8pm – 10pm (21 – 25 Jan & 28 Jan)
Venue: National Gallery Singapore facade, City Hall Wing

House of Mirrors
By Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney

House of Mirrors By Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney

Get lost in this fascinating labyrinth of endless mirrors. With cleverly-placed mirrors surrounding you at every turn, you won’t be able to tell your left from the right thanks to the disorienting optical illusions. Challenge your friends and see who can find their way out of the maze first!

Date: 19 – 28 January 2018
Time: 10am – 12am (19, 20, 26, 27 Jan) & 10am -10pm (21 – 25 Jan & 28 Jan)
Venue: Empress Lawn

Art Incubator
By NUS Architecture Year 1 students

Art Incubator By NUS Architecture Year 1 Students

A tent in the middle of an open field? Enter the illuminated Tropical Primitive Hut and explore the natural connections between people, architecture and the environment — things we commonly overlook in the rapid development of our concrete jungle.

Date: 19 – 28 January 2018
Time: 10am – 12am (19, 20, 26, 27 Jan) & 10am – 10pm (21 – 25 January & 28 Jan)
Venue: ACM Green

Trip to the Colourscape Esplanade Park
By Nipek

Trip to the Colourscape Esplanade Park

Adorned with glistening disco balls and illuminated with vibrant hues all around, setting foot into the Esplanade Park and Esplanade Park Tunnel is akin to stepping into an enchanted wonderland straight out of a fairytale. While you’re busy taking ritual photos for Instagram, don’t forget to catch musical performances by local acts such as Cosmic Child and Sang Mataharitidur Mati at the Esplanade Park.

Date: 19 – 28 January 2018
Time: 8pm – 12am (19, 20, 26, 27 Jan) & 8pm – 10pm (21 – 25 Jan & 28 Jan)
Venue: Esplanade Park and Esplanade Park Tunnel

Flowers and People
By TeamLab

Flowers and People By TeamLab

Step into this beautiful garden and watch as the flowers bud, bloom and wither, only to bloom once more. The ever-changing installation is incredibly alluring and makes for picturesque backdrops for silhouette shots — a definite must-see for the ‘gram-loving crowd.

Date: Now till 12 August 2018
Venue: National Gallery Singapore

Walk, Walk, Walk: Search, Deviate, Reunite
By TeamLab

Walk, Walk, Walk: Search, Deviate, Reunite By TeamLab

Make new virtual ‘friends’ by visiting this interactive digital wall, which features playful and unique visual characters that respond to your body heat, movements and voice.

When: Now till 12 August 2018
Venue: National Gallery Singapore

The House is Falling
By Pinaree Sanpitak

The House is Falling By Pinaree Sanpitak

Leave a mark on the spectacular sculptural installation by rearranging the 4,000 khit pillows to create your ideal masterpiece!

When: Now till 1 April 2018
Venue: National Gallery Singapore

Image credits: National Gallery Singapore

Light to Night Festival is happening from 19 to 28 January 2018 at the Singapore’s Civic District.

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You're Just A Click Away From Making A Difference!

17 Jan 2018 by Bryan Yeong

Make a positive change for the world in 2018, starting with these social platforms that grant you the power of giving back – all in the palm of your hands.

Action Button

Action Button

Have a cause you’re passionate about and would like to advocate for? Whether it’s human equality, animal rights or environmental changes, there’s no better time to step up and take action. Enter Action Button, a website that aims to connect groundbreaking changes to the public. How it works is by discovering targeted audiences that share a similar interest for your cause, thereby converting their clicks into awareness via social media. There’s also a fund-raising option if you’d like to further contribute!

ShareTheMeal

Share The Meal

While we often go hungry throughout the day and start wondering which craving to satiate, have we stopped to remember that there are many children out there who go through everyday starving, sometimes literally to death? Take some time out of your day to help feed hungry kids around the world with a simple tap. With the ShareTheMeal app (free, available on iTunes app store and Google Play store), you’ll be able to see exactly whom your donation goes to, and you can even form virtual rescue teams with your friends towards ending world hunger together.

TradeMade

TradeMade

In an effort to reduce the amount of wastage we produce on the regular, the TradeMade app (free, available on iTunes app store) strives to cultivate a healthier culture of swapping items instead of purchasing them. Think an eco-friendly Carousell, whereby you strike up conversations with fellow green-thumbed individuals to trade your pre-loved items. This way, there wouldn’t be any scenario of your belongings simply being trashed and going to waste, which helps to minimise carbon emissions as well! Saving money and the environment? Count us in.

Fotition

Fotition

If you’re beginning to find Instagram a mindless scrolling activity to pass time, why not channel your double taps to something more productive instead? The Fotition app (free, available on iTunes app store and Google Play store) packs a similar photo-sharing function, except that the images posted go towards raising money and awareness for social initiatives that matter. Past viral campaigns include the Marvel Studios Hero Acts that aids children in Haiti, or the Fruit-Face Challenge where sponsors donate food to children. There’s always a fun activity to take on, and the fact that you’re doing it for a good cause at the same time makes it that much sweeter!

ResQwalk

ResQwalk

For animal- lovers hoping to spark a change, get the ResQwalk app (free, available on iTunes app store and Google Play store) for your phone. Reward your daily paces by raising awareness about pet adoption and finding suitable homes for animals from welfare organisations. All you need to do is choose an animal welfare partner from a list of choices, decide on your personal outdoor activity for the day, and you’re all set. For an added boost of motivation mid-workout, think of the better life you’ll be contributing for the furry friends!

Giving.sg

Giving.sg

Similar to fund-raising campaigns on Kickstarter, you can do your part as a socially responsible citizen by backing up local causes and communities you’re passionate about. Giving.sg is an online social movement created to make a difference in the lives of others, starting with your actions. From causes spanning disabilities to humanitarian works, there’s bound to be one that suits your fancy towards donating to or volunteering your services for.

This article was adapted from Vol.30 Issue 1 issue of Teenage. 

What’s a cause you’re passionate about? We’d love to hear – let us know in the comments below!

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18 Super Cute Planners To Help You Start 2018 In Style

10 Jan 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

As much as we rely on the Google Calendar to keep track of our schedules, there’s nothing quite like a good ol’ paper planner to jot down your to-dos on the fly and have everything mapped out at one glance. Ahead, we’ve rounded up 18 stylish picks that will help you to stay organised for the new year ahead. Click away!

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Here Are All The Coolest Tech Toys You Can Buy Right Now

28 Dec 2017 by Chew Hui Ling

Retro phones, Instagram pocket printers and a selfie camera that looks like a makeup compact? iPhone X isn’t the only new tech in town – here are some of the hottest gadgets of 2017.

Fitbit Ionic

Fitbit Ionic

For anyone seeking the smarts of a fitness tracker in a sleek form, the Fitbit Ionic ($458) ticks all the right boxes. This do-it-all timepiece comes loaded with innovative features such as personalised guidance, improved heart rate technology and music storage – keeping fit while looking stylish has never been easier!

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom

Ultimate-Ears-Wonderboom

Don’t be fooled by its size, the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom ($149) packs a serious punch that’s loud enough to fill a room with 360-degree sound of up to 10 hours. And with its waterproof feature (it can even float on its own!), you can bring your music wherever the road takes you.

LG V30+

LG-V30+

If entertainment is all you’re looking for, get your hands on the LG V30+ ($1,098). It might be a tad pricey, but the plethora of multimedia capabilities – including a F1.6 aperture camera lens, a cine video mode and premium sound tuned by B&O PLAY – makes it well worth the splurge.

Instax SHARE SP-3 Printer

Instax-SHARE-SP-3-Fujifilm

Fancy turning your Instagram archive into square prints? Let the Instax SHARE SP-3 Printer ($309) make your nostalgia dreams come true
 – this compact machine churns out your favourite shots straight from your smartphone, all printed in a retro-styled 1:1 format. There’s also a variety of collage templates and special effects available on the app for you to customise your prints.

Nokia 3310

Nokia 3310 3G

We might be in the era of iPhones and galaxys, but nothing beats the good ol’ Nokia sets of yesteryears. Here’s a blast from the past: the Nokia 3310 ($99) has made a comeback, and it doesn’t disappoint. The revamped version boasts a boundless battery life and the iconic silhouette we’ve grown to love, complete with an upgraded display, 2MP camera and 3G data connectivity.

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro

Samsung-Gear-Fit2-Pro

There’s no doubt that Samsung takes its wearables very seriously, and the latest Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro ($268) is proof. Keeping track of your workouts will be a breeze with the addition of improved features such as continuous heart rate monitoring, accurate health insights and built-in GPS. Oh, did we mention it’s also water-resistant?

Casio TR-M11

Casio TR-M11

Makeup compact meets compact camera in the form of the Casio TR-M11 ($699). This palm-sized beauty comes equipped with makeup functions and a total of eight ring lights around the lens for the perfect selfie. With its adorable clamshell design and candy colours, you’d probably want to show off your new cam more than your own self-portraits!

Google Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 XL 

We’ve got more reasons to get snap-happy about thanks to the Google Pixel 2 XL (POA). Unlike other dual- sensor devices in the market, this 12MP shooter takes on the world with a single camera, to stunning results. Coupled with video stablisation, unlimited media storage and even built-in AR stickers, what’s not to love?

JBL Pulse 3

JBL-Pulse-3

Get the party started with the JBL Pulse 3 ($339)! Not only does it deliver 12 hours of fully immersive audio, this electrifying dynamo even flashes to the beat of your favourite tunes at your command – turning your party into a fully customisable, 360-degree light show.

Sony Extra Bass SRS-XB950B1

Sony-Extra-Bass-SRS-XB950B1

To further amplify your audio experience, pump up the bass with the Sony Extra Bass SRS-XB950B1 ($269). These wireless headphones keep the party going for up to 18 hours, ensuring deep and punchy bass with every note. You can even experiment with the presets on the Sony Headphones Connect app, whether it’s generating club-ready beats or channeling arena-sized sound.

This article was adapted from the December 2017 issue of Teenage.

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